Dr Madeline Mitchell

Postdoctoral Fellow - Science

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I am a plant molecular physiologist interested in understanding the way plants respond to their environment to optimise their growth and using this knowledge to contribute to sustainable agriculture.

I have been involved in a range of plant biology and biotechnology projects including:
* Creating biodegradable plant-based fibres with enhanced properties so we can use them to replace artificial fibres in some applications (CSIRO, Canberra, 2019 to present)
* Improving renewable plant oil production for food and non-food applications such as bioplastics (CSIRO, Canberra, 2015-2018)
* Understanding the way algae photosynthesise more efficiently in order to re-engineer crop photosynthesis to improve yields (PhD at the University of Cambridge, 2010-2014)

I am also passionate about diversity and inclusion in STEMM, science communication and outreach, and responsible research and innovation. You can follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

I am a participant in the 2019-2020 Superstars of STEM program that aims to smash society’s gender assumptions about scientists and increase the public visibility of women in STEM.

In early 2018, I also spent three weeks in Antarctica with 80 other women scientists as part of a ground-breaking leadership initiative called Homeward Bound

I have 11 peer-reviewed publications (full list in attachments).

Achievements and Awards

  • 2019-2019

    ACT Young Tall Poppy Award
    Australian Institute of Policy and Science

  • 2019-2020

    Superstars of STEM participant
    Science & Technology Australia

  • 2017-2018

    Homeward Bound participant
    Homeward Bound Leadership Program for women in science

  • 2010-2014

    Herchel Smith Studentship
    University of Cambridge

  • 2010-2014

    Honorary Poynton Cambridge Australia Scholar
    Cambridge Australia Trust

  • 2005-2009

    Melbourne National Scholarship
    University of Melbourne

  • 2006-2006

    May Dunn Scholarship
    Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne

  • 2005-2005

    AF Bage Scholarship
    Janet Clarke Hall, University of Melbourne

  • 2005-2005

    Dean's Honours List
    University of Melbourne

Academic Qualifications

  • 2014

    University of Cambridge

  • 2009

    BSc (Hons)
    University of Melbourne